Jake Beesley is happy Big Ten football is returning next weekend.
“It’ll give us something to watch,” he said.
But the 2017 Champaign Central graduate sure would like to suit up this fall for the North Central College team he stars for.
The 6-foot-4, 196-pound Beesley earned Associated Press First Team Division III All-American honors at cornerback in 2019, helping the Cardinals finish 14-1 en route to the program’s first national title last December.
When he’ll play football again, though, is uncertain. North Central, like every other D-III program in the country, doesn’t have football this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school based in Naperville is slated to have a few games next spring — Beesley said indications are they could play as many as five — before the 2021 season hopefully rolls around.
A season Beesley never thought…